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A great little car... with a terrible air filter! by Tori from Denver on 08/29/2011. Trim: 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 SE, Owned 3 years.
Pros: When I first bought this car in 2008 I LOVED this car. I thought that it was super cute and that it handled amazing. Being the first car I have owned I still have a soft spot for this car. The speakers sound surprisingly good after adding an after-market stereo my car sounds amazing becase I have to listen to it loud. It also handles very well in snow, living in Colorado makes that a huge importance it also handled extremely well in North Dakota in January. I was so shocked that it started in -20 degree weather when my mothers 2009 Acura TSX had to be warmed before starting.
Cons: I hate the fact that everything in the interior rattles. It is the single most annoying feature of this car. Or so I thought. This car is designed with an 100,000 mi air filter. This is a 500$ part and even with a family members discount from my brother in law, a mechanic at a ford dealership, labor will still be about 500$. Never before have I heard of this and it is almost impossible to get a cold air intake in because there is a extremely sensative sensor for the transmission INSIDE the air filter. Also had to replace the entire breaking system because it was burning though break at twice the normal rate.
Overall review: Very cute car (especially in red like mine) but a cheaply made interior really takes away from the car. I think it makes a really great first car but expect to put alot of money into it. Needless to say I am saving up for a different car using the money that would have gone towards the air filter replacement as a down payment instead. My parents wanted to have my brother buy this car from me for his first car and I told him I wouldn't feel comfortable with him being in this car because I don't want a 16 yr old to worry about all these expenses.
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